Thanks For What | Thanksgiving 2018 | South Jordan
“A thankful heart is one of the primary identifying characteristics of a believer. It stands in stark contrast to pride, selfishness, and worry. And it helps fortify the believer's trust in the Lord and reliance of His provision, even in the toughest times. No matter how choppy the seas become, a believer's heart is buoyed by constant praise and gratefulness to the Lord.” – John MacArthur
Gratitude is an ATTITUDE that we choose.
Job 1:20-21 At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship 21 and said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.”
Job 2:9-10 His wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!” 10 He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.
Job 13:15 Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him…
Gratitude is triggered by CONTENTMENT.
1 Timothy 6:6-8 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.
The secret to gratitude is REDEFINING contentment – LOWER the BAR of gratitude
James 1:2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds
“We ought to give thanks for all fortune: if it is good, because it is good, if bad, because it works in us patience, humility and the contempt of this world and the hope of our eternal country.” – C.S. Lewis
1 Thessalonians 5:18 Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
Bottom Line: When I learn to lower the bar of gratitude, I will discover that ENDLESS gratefulness always SURROUNDS me.
“The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, [find] some heavenly blessings!” – Henry Ward Beecher